The 86th Annual Academy Awards are taking place on Sunday, March 2, 2013 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, the permanent home of the ceremonies since 2002. Hosted for the second time by Ellen DeGeneres, the ceremony is being broadcast to a global audience that spans 200 countries.

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Known in China as the Spring Festival, Chinese New Year is one of the most anticipated and celebrated times of year for Chinese throughout the world. Tradition calls for the gathering of families and friends, which usually leads to the distribution of red envelopes stuffed with cash, firecrackers to ward off evil spirits, endless bouts of bad karaoke, and of course, plenty of eating. The Chinese are deeply superstitious and continuously seek wealth and prosperity in their lives, a symbolism that extends to their cuisine.

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Los Angeles is one of the world’s most dynamic cities, constantly evolving and expanding its possibilities. Even frequent visitors and longtime residents who think they know LA can always discover something new in this exciting metropolis. Read on to find out more about the numerous developments taking place in the City of Angels. How many of these must-sees will you scratch off the bucket list this year?

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Healthy dining has many definitions, but starting the new year off with mindful eating -- and more vegetables -- is something everyone can agree on. Diners can find a healthful meal at nearly any Los Angeles restaurant by ordering grilled fish and plenty of greens, but it's easier at the spots that emphasize local produce and sustainable meats and fish. These restaurants may have varying philosophies, yet all offer a chance to experience exciting tastes and lighter preparations.

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Enter your dates below to reserve your overnight stay in Los Angeles and get a $50 Gift Card when you book two nights or more. Experience premier restaurant dining only LA can offer. Stay Downtown and enjoy al fresco dining on a rooftop deck or check out the Beach Cities for a diverse mix of culinary experiences. Book now to get the best available rates and enjoy endless entertainment and dining.

With so many things to see and do in Los Angeles, three days doesn’t seem like nearly enough time to explore this vast, exciting and diverse metropolis. Not to worry, because The 3 Day Weekend Getaway Guide to Los Angeles will make sure you experience the full range of this global city, beginning with history and culture in Downtown Los Angeles, then the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, and finally the sun and surf of the coastal neighborhoods.

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LA's gay East Side has a sense of style all its own. Known for its hipster culture, you're sure to find gays sporting black-rimmed glasses, skinny jeans and the occasional cardigan. If you care to look the part while checking out the area, head straight to these establishments, all of which know a thing or two about looking 'hip.'

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Dream Guest is a dineLA series that asks chefs and bartenders who they'd most like to see walk into their restaurant or bar, and what they'd serve this special guest.

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The holidays aren’t just about gifts, they’re also about togetherness, and certain LA restaurants excel at creating group-friendly environments. So gather with family and friends, and descend on these restaurants on Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve, and any day that calls for a festive, communal dining experience.

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This New Year’s Eve, raise a glass Los Angeles style, where the party extends from the streets of Downtown LA and Hollywood to the moonlit waters of Marina del Rey. It’s a night of celebration and revelry as residents and visitors alike begin the countdown to a new year and a new beginning. Slip through the velvet rope of some of LA’s hottest hotels or enjoy a culinary awakening over a fabulous dinner prepared by a celebrity chef. LA hotels offer all-inclusive packages that make the final night of 2013 memorable, effortless and stress-free.

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